This Project documents long term gay and lesbian committed relationships. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the median length of an Australian Marriage is 8.7 years so I have used this number as the minimum length of time to be part of this project.

I believe that Gay,Lesbian and Transgendered relationships deserve the same legal rights and public respect as heterosexual ones.

But this project is about more than just "gay marriage" I really hope that these simple images of loving couples will help reduce homophobia, will inspire young people to keep their romantic dreams and for parents to know that their gay, lesbian and transgendered children have just as much chance of having a long term and happy family life as anyone else.

The Commitment Project is aimed to show the wider community that gays and lesbians, for all our differences we still fundamentally want the same thing, to be allowed to love who we love.

If you are gay, lesbian, queer (or however you wish to identify yourself) in a relationship longer than 8.7 years (which is about 8 years and 10 months) and would like to be involved in this project please send me an email - and put "the commitment project" in the subject line.

Please do not use any of the images contained with this website for any purpose without the written permission of Evan Cooper AND the people within the photograph.

Everyone who views this blog is welcome to leave comments, in fact I encourage people to do so.

After speaking to the NSW based "The Gender Centre" to seek some clarification (but this doesn't make me an expert) I really encourage any transgendered people that are not able to marry due to their gender identity and their birthday certificate being different to be part of this project. They just need to be in a committed relationship for 8.8 years or longer.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Angus and Glenn

© evan cooper
Date of Commitment - April 1999
"Totally committed to each other and our relationship for life!"

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Julie and Melissa

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Date of Commitment - April 1996
"When Jewel first proposed, I told her I look pasty in white and I ain't the marrying kind.  She then went about extending and enriching me beyond belief. We raised two great kids together and nurtured the very best in each other.  After 16 years in a tender, passionate and noisy relationship, we also have an amazing collection of truly stupid running jokes.

So Miss McCrossin - I will! I do! (as long as you promise I can have Nick Cave for the bridal waltz...)" Melissa Gibson - and Julie McCrossin, who says "yes" the  Nick Cave walz!"

Chris & Graeme

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Date of Commitment - November 1995
"Graeme and I met at the Red Raw in Melbourne in January of 1995 while I was traveling around Australia. We spent an incredible month together before I had to tearfully return to the US. We kept in contact daily and Graeme came to visit me several times in the US before we decided that I should make the move to Australia as it recognises same sex partner immigration. Something the US does not. I moved to Australia on 1 November 1995 and it's that date we use as our commitment anniversary. Three years later I became an Australian citizen under the Interdependent Partnership visa. Fifteen and a half years and still growing."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Kelly, Sam and their daughter, Charlotte.

© Pilgrim-Byrne
Date of Commitment - January 1994
"Together for 18 years in January 2012.  Our beloved daughter is nearly 4 years old.  It’s time to make marriage about love and commitment, not gender.  Isn’t that how it should be?"

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Daniel and Rob

© evan cooper
Date of Commitment - April 2002
"Loving + Laughing = Lasting"

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Jean and Cathy

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Date of Commitment - June 2001
"We work together, we live together, we are together 24/7 and can still laugh, love and enjoy each other."

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ruth and Simone

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Date of Commitment - June 2002
"Not only is marriage equality not recognised at a federal level in either of our countries, current Australian government policy does not permit the issuing of a CNI (certificate of non impediment) which prevents Ruth and I being married in the presence of her family and our friends in New York State, where same sex marriage was recently legalised, and have that marriage recognised in Australia."